Taxi Fleets Get Great Mileage, Maintenance w/ Toyota’s Hybrid Prius

2004 Toyota Prius Synergy

Prius does not idle, because its elec­tric motor moves it at low speeds
Prius gas engine kicks in only when it can run pro­duc­tive­ly
Prius and oth­er hybrids have regen­er­a­tive brak­ing to cap­ture ener­gy ordi­nar­i­ly lost to brak­ing, and con­vert it into elec­tric­i­ty
A side ben­e­fit is reduced wear on brakes